In 2009 we
produced an animated mural of the Churchill Formation (a
preserved Ordovician shoreline) for the Manitoba
"Ancient Seas" is an eerily realistic animation of a real
marine community that inhabited the sea covering the Churchill area
450 million years ago.
three-screen panorama spans a 7.5 metre arc and plays in a seamless
Photographs courtesy the Manitoba Museum.
Working with palaeontologist Graham
Young, we reconstructed and animated twenty-three plants and
of their fossil remains. The result is the most accurate depiction of
Ordovician marine life in the world.
long-time collaborator Jesse
Stiles created the soundtrack for us, and our good friends The Elumenati
designed and installed the playback system.
"Ancient Seas" was awarded a "Best of the Fest" award for Scientific
Visualization at the Red Stick International Animation Festival in
a 2010 Sci-An Award for Excellence in Scientific Animation, and is a finalist in the National Science Foundation's prestigious
International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge for 2010.
Click on the image below to view
a few highlights from the movie (67MB), or right click to
save it to your computer.
for a high-rez still image of the panorama.
Copyright 2008 - 2010,
Lawrence Fields, Jillian Rose, and Phlesch Bubble Productions. All